Date: 6/20/17 7:34 am From: Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 6/20/2017
FYI Joe Coleman
To: <BIRDEAST...> Subject: DC Area, 6/20/2017
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist Date: 6/20/2017 Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle Reports, comments and questions: <voice...> Compiler: Joe Coleman Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States (independent of NAS) Transcriber: Steve Cordle
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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Jun 13 and was completed on Tuesday, Jun 20 at 8:45 a.m.
Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist for North and Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement (July 2016).
The top birds this week were LITTLE EGRET in DE, WHITE-FACED IBIS in DE and MD, and FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER* in VA.
Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, KING RAIL, COMMON GALLINULE, AMERICAN COOT, shorebirds, LITTLE GULL, terns, BLACK SKIMMER, BLACK-CAPPED PETREL, CORY'S SHEARWATER, GREAT SHEARWATER, LEAST BITTERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, NORTHERN HARRIER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, sparrows including SWAMP, DICKCISSEL and BOBOLINK.
A LITTLE EGRET found at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on Jun 8 was most recently reported from there Jun 17.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS found Jun 13 along Green Dumpster Rd in the Deal Island State WMA, Somerset Co, MD continued to be seen this week with the most recent report from Jun 19. The one at Bombay Hook NWR was also still present through Jun 19.
A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was found and photographed Jun 15 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA and has been seen every day this week since then. It has been seen on the wires along the refuge entrance road near the Visitor Center, but has also been seen from the Boardwalk Trail and in the sand dunes between the entrance road and the ocean.
The SNOW GOOSE at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, De continued to be seen throughout the week. A SNOW GOOSE was also seen Jun 16 at Cranberry Reservoir, Carroll Co, MD.
Scoters continued to be seen in the area this past week. The SURF SCOTERS at Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne's Co, MD, continued throughout the week with eleven there Jun 16. Twenty-one WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were reported from the Tom's Cove Visitor Center, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Jun 19. There were BLACK SCOTERS at the Ocean City (MD) Inlet on Jun 14 and both a BLACK SCOTER and LONG-TAILED DUCK at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on Jun 14. A single RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was at Big Water Farm (private) on Jun 19.
A KING RAIL was observed at Piscataway Park, Prince George's Co, MD, on Jun 16.
The COMMON GALLINULE at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA was seen again as recently as Jun 17. Two COMMON GALLINULES were seen Jun 15 at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore, MD. An AMERICAN COOT was at McCune's in the Fishersville area of Augusta Co, VA on Jun 15. Two AMERICAN COOTS were at Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access), Portsmouth, VA on Jun 15.
Seven BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen Jun 14 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD; seven were also at hart-Miller Island, Baltimore, MD on Jun 15.
The shorebirds at Craney Island on Jun 15 included a RED KNOT and a DUNLIN.
The LITTLE GULL continued to be seen at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE this past week.
A LEAST TERN was found Jun 15 at a private fishing lake near Mint Springs, Augusta Co, VA. A LEAST TERN was seen from Hains Point, SW DC on Jun 18. A GULL-BILLED TERN was reported from Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA on Jun 14 and two were seen Jun 18 in the North Bay at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen Jun 17 at Shearness Pool, Bombay Hook NWR.
Four BLACK SKIMMERS were seen Jun 16 at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, James City Co, VA.
A trip on a fishing charter in Worcester, MD pelagic waters on Jun 13 found a possible BLACK-CAPPED PETREL, 5 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, and 12 GREAT SHEARWATERS near Poor Man's Canyon. On Jun 17 two CORY'S SHEARWATERS and 5 GREAT SHEARWATERS were seen in the Atlantic off of Assateague Island National Seashore, Worcester Co, MD. GREAT SHEARWATERS were also reported off of Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Jun 17, 18, and 19.
A LEAST BITTERN was at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on Jun 14.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen on Jun 14 along Rte 730 less than a mile west of Steel Bridge Rd, Greensville Co, VA and one flew high over Huntsman Lake, Springfield, Fairfax Co, VA on Jun 19.
A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen Jun 18 at Oaks Landfill (private), Montgomery Co, MD.
An ALDER FLYCATCHER was at the power line cut on the Norris Run Trail, Liberty Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD on Jun 15.
A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at Burwells Bay Rd at Purvis Ln, Isle of Wight Co, VA was seen again on Jun 17.
A SWAMP SPARROW was seen and heard on Jun 14 at the upper pond near Fairfax County's Government Center, Fairfax, VA. A few WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS continued to linger at feeders in the area.
DICKCISSELS and BOBOLINKS continued to be seen at a number of locations this past week.
This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.
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